AITIMA together with 18 other civil society organizations, in a JOINT LETTER TO THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER urge him to end the “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands.

“The policy of implementing the EU-Turkey Statement has been violating asylum seekers’ rights under international law, and has contributed in disrupting social cohesion in the Greek islands affected,” said Spyros Rizakos, director of AITIMA. “It is high time the EU and Greek authorities abandoned this policy.

Read the joint letter

Following an invitation from PICUM and ICMC, Aitima participated in a meeting of European Civil Society actors, regarding the development of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. During the consultation, our Organisation insisted on the importance of unimpeded access to the European territory of everyone in need of protection, as well as on the respect of the principle of non-refoulement.

In the second photograph at the right, Angeliki Loucaidi of AITIMA. The discussion for the serious issues of the meeting didn’t stop even during the coffee-breaks (Photos from ICMC).

Today one of our lawyers was very glad to get a handmade shawl as a gift from an Afghan beneficiary of AITIMA. We are so proud when we see that our support is highly appreciated!